Welcome to Sailfish –Burwain’s Junior sailing fleet!
Sailfish sessions includes a wide range of sailing activities for children from 8-18 years old. The philosophy of Sailfish is to encourage children to develop skills and gain confidence whilst learning to sail. Sailing sessions are always sociable and fun: we use games to learn new skills and gradually introduce the competitive side of sailing with mini races.
Burwain Sailing Club is affiliated to the RYA and we are an RYA Onboard Club. This means that our club is fully accredited to teach small boat sailing by a nationally recognised body. You can find more information about RYA Onboard at http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/rya-onboard/Pages/hub.aspx
Kids can sail whatever their age, size or ability
How do I get involved?
We run supervised Sailfish sessions from 6.30pm every Friday evening from the middle of April until the end of July. Beginners are always welcome to come along and give sailing a try. We will arrange for you to go sailing with an experienced sailor, or if the wind is light, we will encourage you to sail by yourself under the guidance of an instructor. You just need to bring a change of clothes and a pair of trainers which you don’t mind getting wet. We will provide a buoyancy aid for you to wear. We are holding a Sailfish Open Day on Friday 13th April 2017 and an Open Day for the whole family on Sunday 14th May 2017.
How much does it cost?
Open Days are free. Otherwise, it costs £5 to take part in a Sailfish taster session on a Friday evening. If you enjoy one of the Open Days or a taster session and wish to join the club then please see the membership section for current subscription rates.
Will I need my own boat?
Junior membership includes the use of club’s boats during Sailfish sessions, i.e. Friday evenings and Sunday Sailfish sessions (see below). For junior members who take part in club racing you can arrange for the long term hire of one of the club’s boats. As you progress you may decide to buy a boat in which case we can offer advice about choosing the right boat for your child.
RYA Stages 1-4
On Friday evening sessions beginners start by following the RYA’s Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 to 4.
Stage 1 starts by giving students a basic understanding of how a boat sails and gaining experience of steering the boat.
Stage 2 includes a range of sailing skills and background knowledge.
Stage 3 requires students to be able to sail in any direction and to rig and launch their own boat. By the end of stage 3 our juniors are sailors, not beginners
Stage 4 involves being able to sail in a single handed boat, or in a double handed boat as a crew or helm. By the end of stage 4 juniors will be able to solve a variety of problems afloat.
Progression beyond Stage 4
The RYA’s Youth Sailing Scheme includes a number of advanced elements after Stage 4. We give our junior and youth sailors a taster of some of the advanced sailing stages such as racing, seamanship skills (e.g. rescuing a man overboard) and sailing with spinnakers. We concentrate on racing skills so that junior sailors can confidently take part in club sailing and events at other clubs.
What else can you tell me about Sailfish?
Friday evening Sailfish sessions are a great way for children to learn how to sail whilst making new friends, building confidence and having fun. If the weather is fine we will sail until shortly before the sun sets and pack away while it is still light. Sailfish sessions are a sociable occasion for the whole family: parents can get involved in various ways including rigging and catching boats and supporting their child. We also have a bar which can be opened for drinks after sailing.
Junior sailors take a time out for fun on a Friday evening.
Sailfish – Matt and Fin two Sailfish members go out in a GP14 in a good breeze.
What you’ll need
Your personal kit
Burwain RYA training centre will provide all the safety kit that you require, you will therefore need only the minimum of personal kit to get started. For the taster Sessions we recommend you bring
Your Sailing Experience
Sailfish taster session
On a taster session you will be teamed up with an experienced tutor or senior Sailfish member in a Two handed boat or together in a larger Pico. This will require you to help balance the boat, set some of the sails whilst sailing and also have a go at steering. You will be given instructions on when to Tack and Gybe to help keep the boat moving along as fast as possible.
Structured RYA courses
As part of sailfish , you will be able to undertake various RYA courses